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5.0 out of 5 stars Serious Soul For Soulful Solace
The Demon Music Group has continued to add to the steadily expanding 'Back Beats' series, and for this, the 35th release, the ever reliable and experienced Ralph Tee takes the helm to deliver 19 tracks under the generic title 'Lay Back & Chill' (BACKB035), with a retrospective encompassing the years 1972 to 2002.

The disc opens with the simply sublime voice of...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tracks Missing!
4 tracks are missing from the CD advertised! They were the tracks I bought the album for, otherwise I would ave given 5 stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Serious Soul For Soulful Solace, 11 May 2013
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The Demon Music Group has continued to add to the steadily expanding 'Back Beats' series, and for this, the 35th release, the ever reliable and experienced Ralph Tee takes the helm to deliver 19 tracks under the generic title 'Lay Back & Chill' (BACKB035), with a retrospective encompassing the years 1972 to 2002.

The disc opens with the simply sublime voice of Luther Vandross and 'Once You Know How' (1982), a mellow opener replete with subtle string accompaniment and the beautiful phrasing of a dearly missed legendary singer. This is followed by the piano edged groove of 'We Never Said Goodbye' (1980) by Dionne Warwick and the distinctly electronic driven sound of Glenn Jones' 'Stay' (1990). Patti Austin takes up 'Say You Love Me' (1976), opening with an acoustic setting which gradually opens up to an expansive and swaying sound. Lou Courtney's 'What Do You Want Me To Do' (1973) takes the sound back to an altogether older setting, with an opening vocal vamp and a deliciously deceptive classic take on hormonal raging via the telephone. Keni Burke delivers the beautifully melodic (and painfully short) 'Paintings Of Love' (1981) whilst Linda Williams soars over the slow stepping 'No Love, No Where Without You' (1979)(from the album 'City Living'). The quality continues with the affirmative slow burn of Phyllis Hyman's 'Gonna Make Changes' (1978) and 'By Your Side' (1976) by Tower Of Power. To this you can add the superlative voices of Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Isley Brothers and Angela Bofill's 'Love Light' (2002).

So. Do you buy?

Fans of the 'Back Beats' series will already be aware that this continues to be a project informed by a love and respect for the music involved, and a genuine desire to see the music made available to a new and wider audience, whilst also rewarding the ears of the experienced connoisseur. That the Demon Music Group continues to do so at such an incredibly low price is to be applauded, particularly at a time when tangible music product is struggling against a culture of free music downloads. Ideally each 'Back Beats' album should work as a spur to explore the back catalogue of each artist involved, and for less than £5 pounds the listener gets to experience the sound of real soul.

Quality product and exceptional value for money, if you want to experience the slow pulse of serious soul then this is a fine place to start.

Highly recommended. 9/10.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Great - Does what it says on the tin!!!!, 29 Mar. 2013
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Christopher I. Walker "chrismatthew" (Middlesbrough, Cleveland) - See all my reviews
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Great tracks spanning mainly 1970's and 1980's slow jams. Ralph Tee's compiling at its best (well done that man). At this price its a steal.

Quality throughout but my personal favourites are the the Lou Courtney track with the great talk in vocal,Gladys Knight's "The Making of You" and the Isley Brothers "I once Had Your Love"(these guys can do no wrong for me on the mellower numbers

Back beats is a great series even for the more serious collectors - you'll always find sonething to raise the goose bumps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good blend of music, 17 Nov. 2013
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This is a very good compilation as it blends several styles and they are all very enjoyable, even those new to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good, 15 Aug. 2013
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cool and great tracks.Nice for the weekend just to chill out with or just back ground music while in the garden.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one from Backbeats!, 11 Dec. 2014
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Ms. Mary Onoufriou "Mary O" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This constantly surprises me as to the quality of the tracks on it - so good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired Collection, 13 April 2013
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Dean Davies "Dean Davies" (Liverpool, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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Well done to Back Beats for releasing another quality collection of wonderful soul. There are several lesser known but nevertheless, outstanding tracks here. Some tracks have been hard to find previously but can now be had for little money. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 27 Feb. 2015
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Excellent songs for the price of CD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lay Back & Chill Reviewed By StefC Leek Soul Club, 15 May 2013
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Its rightly named you just want to lay back and Chill. Not dancers but still a good listening album.For the money you can't go wrong all V/G tracks .Another plus mark for Back beats how do they do it. StefCc/o Leek Soul club the home of genuine soul since 1993.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tracks Missing!, 20 July 2013
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4 tracks are missing from the CD advertised! They were the tracks I bought the album for, otherwise I would ave given 5 stars!
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lay back & Chringe, 21 Feb. 2014
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As a true lover of soul music, I can not believe some of the slush on this album don't let the names of Luther Vandros, Dionne Warwick or even Gladys Night fool you their tracks are obviously tracks that were deemed as not being good enough to release as a single or include on an album, once you hear them you will understand why and this is reflected in all of the tracks on the album. Avoid this one please!!!!!!!!!!
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